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Short of the Goal: A Soccer Hopeful, Murdered

What Daniel Foster knows for sure is that by 2:15 a.m., his brother lay in the club’s parking lot, blood seeping from his ear.

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Rev. Charles Harrison's Crime-Fighting Coalition Is in the Line of Fire

“I feel like we are doing this by ourselves and fighting a losing battle,” says Rev. Charles Harrison.

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Hot-Button Issues: The Straight Dope

Indianapolis is drawing heroin straight from Mexico and bypassing Chicago altogether—which might account for the high potency.

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Hot-Button Issues: Cop Out

Councillor John Barth proposed a bipartisan study to help determine how many officers Indy really requires, so the Council can work on a long-term plan. “We need to take politics out of policing,” he says.

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Hot-Button Issues: Big Court Cases & Political Races

Crusader of the Year: U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett. No one made more big cases in the past year—and his savvy press people made sure we all heard about the exploits. The crime-fighter still has plenty of fish to fry.

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Our Top 10 Stories of 2013

Including one of Indiana’s biggest cons, a complicated woman in her final days, a reality-TV hilljack, the crafty governor-elect, a big-deal farmer, the coupling of an actress and a corn-fed rocker, and more.

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Indianapolis: Crime in 2013

Numbers don’t tell the whole story. Facts on the ground make us fear that crime is simply running amok, particularly in some of the city’s destination neighborhoods and at showcase attractions.

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The Undercover Files: Vice

“The guys around here are looking for trashy. I wear old, worn-out pants—I’ll even rub them around in the dirt. I’ll smudge my makeup, or maybe ruin my manicure. The idea is to look hard-luck, not sexy.”

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The Undercover Files: Child Exploitation

“Offenders know there’s a stigma. When they’re arrested, some are ashamed; others are relieved. I’ve actually had men tell me that they were glad to be caught. I think they take solace in having someone they can talk to about this secret they’ve been keeping.”

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The Undercover Files: White-Collar Crime

“Usually, we just follow the trail of money. Offenders will open 15 bank accounts and keep the money moving from one to the next. Eventually, it always comes out of one of those accounts into a mortgage, or a car, or a boat.”

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The Undercover Files: Narcotics

“I was introduced to an Outlaws biker once when I was buying meth. The guy pulled out a .44 black powder pistol that was almost a foot long and set it on the table to intimidate me.”

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50 Years Later: Where Were You When We Lost JFK?

The excitement of Thanksgiving was quelled. Later, at church, we all prayed a little harder.

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IndyCar Driver JR Hildebrand Foils Robbery Attempt

According to information via, the Meridian-Kessler area where Hildebrand had his run-in has seen three similar incidents reported since the start of 2013.

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Trial and Errors: The David Camm Saga

A high-profile murder case spanning 13 years of scandals and surprises plays out in Lebanon this month. Here’s the backstory, full of foibles.

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Is the Monon Trail Safe? 4 Notes on Using the Path

According to local public-safety experts, crossing the street at trail intersections is a common risk.